George Caldwell, this year's other inductee, found purpose in using human capital to leverage innovations aimed at maintaining access to quality healthcare at low cost.
Early on during his 40-plus year career as a hospital administrator, Caldwell saw the shifts in relationships between payers and providers and the need to control costs, and he responded by integrating physician and hospital services. He served for 12 years as president of Lake Forest Hospital in north suburban Chicago and ended his executive career as president and CEO of Lutheran General Healthcare System, also in the Chicago suburbs and now part of Advocate Health.
Over the course of his career he expanded services in mental health, substance and alcohol abuse, long-term care and more.
“He believed in helping others. It was that simple,” said James Caldwell, his son.
Among Caldwell's many strong beliefs was the idea that no one accomplishes much alone, and that influence was best practiced with humility.
“He told me that the job of the CEO was to lead the board without them feeling like they were being led,” said Steven Seiler, a former hospital executive and someone who Caldwell mentored.
The life stories of these two influential healthcare leaders serve as examples of the courage and kindness needed to make a lasting impact in the industry. Indeed courage is a prominent trait among all the trailblazers and influencers we've recognized in the Hall of Fame over the past 30 years.
–Aurora Aguilar, Editor